Is Your Home Making Your Family Sick?
Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can damage their health, but may not know that indoor air pollution
can also have significant effects. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) studies of human exposure to air
pollutants indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be 2-5 times, and on occasion more than 100 times
higher than outdoor levels. The levels of indoor air pollutants are of particular concern because it is estimated that most people spend as much as 90% of their time indoors.
A recent study concludes that carpets may benefit indoor air quality by acting as a filter for indoor air, trapping and holding dust mites, pollutants, and allergens like pollen, molds,and pet dander, which play an important role in allergy related diseases. As you can see, regular cleanings are important… not just to maintain the appearance of your carpets, but also for hygienic reasons. Contaminates in your carpet need to be removed on a consistent basis. Waiting until your carpet looks dirty is waiting too long. The EPA recommends having carpets & upholstery cleaned at least once a year, more often if you have kids or pets. Controlling dust is important. Allergens and dust mites can contaminate carpets, upholstered furniture and bedding. Vacuuming will not remove all the allergens but it will help keep the dust down which spreads allergens throughout your home. Make sure that you use a vacuum cleaner that filters the exhausted air. Get in the habit of vacuuming your carpets and furniture thoroughly, at least a couple of times a week. For more information on this subject, visit the EPA website: www.epa.gov. Another good source of information is the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website: www.cdc.gov.